CLINTON (WKOW) -- The post office is making route changes around the state, but, in the Village of Clinton, people are worried where that might lead.
Starting Saturday, the Beloit Post Office will be taking over Clinton's rural routes. When some former employees of the post office found out about this, they told people that is a precursor to the post office shutting down. The Clinton Chamber of Commerce met Tuesday night to discuss that possibility and whether there could be any truth to it.
"'Shop Clinton First' is our slogan and the post office is vital to our businesses," explained Mary Gilbank, president of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce.
The US Postal Service said it acknowledges the role the post office plays in communities. "We know that's important we know a lot of times that's the livelihood of a community. We have no plans and there are no plans to close the Clinton Post Office," stated Don Kieler, US Postal Service.
The Postal Service says has to constantly make changes like these to stay competitive. "The mail volume is going down, so like any other company, we're doing things to control costs," explained Kieler.
Clinton is not the only post office to lose its rural routes. Earlier this month De Forest took over Windsor's routes, Oconomowac took over Okauchee's routes, and Marshfield took over Auburndale's routes. The Postal Service says, in all the cases, there have been no complaints and customers never knew the difference.
"Once again, I just want to reiterate, we are not closing those post offices," declared Kieler.
About the time Beloit takes over Clinton's rural routes, Beaver Dam will take over Fox Lake's routes, and Mount Horeb will take over Black Earth's routes. However, that is doing little to reassure Clinton residents.
"It doesn't make sense why they're doing it with Beloit rather than the smaller communities around, because if we're have an issue then why isn't Sharon having an issue? Why isn't Darien having an issue? Why isn't Avalon having an issue?" pondered Gilbank.
Despite these route changes, Kieler says no post office employees will be laid off and customers should not notice any change in service.